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Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more
How to get your child reading this summer!
Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more
NovemberReturn to top
Vacation Care 2014-2015
Vacation Care will be operating from the School Hall from December 18 this year (Staff Development Days included). The Helping Hands Vacation Care is open from 8am-6pm. Morning and Afternoon Tea and a range of fun activities are provided. 2 015 Kindergarten students can also attend from January. Places are given first to the students of Merimbula Public School before being offered to students from other schools. For those wishing to use the service, please check out the enrolment forms and activity information linked to this page. If you... Read more
What parents should know about Instagram
It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more
M Goals Information Session for Aboriginal Community Members
MGoals Eden (pdf 328 KB) Bega MGoals (pdf 418 KB) Parents, caregivers, guests and community members are invited to see an introduction to MGoals and its benefits for schools and communities. Training will take place on how to access your MGoals site and how you can contribute to your community site. This is a PaCE funded program, designed especially for mums, dads, & carers. Workshops will take place on Monday December 1 (Eden) and Tuesday December 2 (Bega) from 12.30-3.30pm. Please see the attached flyers for more details.... Read more
Christmas Raffle Terms and Conditions
Merimbula Public School P&C Christmas Raffle Terms & Conditions 2014. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 All raffle tickets sold will be placed in the entry box/barrel located at the office of Merimbula Public School. A random draw will take place on Friday 12th December 2014 at Presentation Day in Jackson Hall at Merimbula Public School. First Prize is a $2000.00 Holiday Travel voucher from Summerland Travel Merimbula (Suite 16, The Plaza Merimbula NSW 2548 Ph. 02 64951008). The voucher is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable.... Read more
Christmas Carols Performance
The Pambula/Merimbula Lions Club Carols by Candlelight are being held at Magic Mountain on Sunday December 14. 6pm. The Merimbula Public School choir will be presenting the following carols - Santa Claus is coming to Town You better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout, I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list, and checking it twice He's ‘gonna find out who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake, He knows if you've been bad or good,... Read more
Shopping Spree Spectacular!
Shopping Spree Information (pdf 109 KB) Team Sheet (pdf 97 KB) Shopping, shopping, shopping spree!!!! .......Have you heard about our exciting P&C Fundraiser? Do you want a night out, want to get a head-start on the Christmas shopping or just want to support local businesses in the biggest ever night-t ime 'cash mob'? On Thursday November 20, from 6.00-8.30pm (followed by a get-together and prize draw at the Lakeview Hotel), teams of 10 (approx.) will take part in a progressive shopping experience.....one team per shop, 15 minutes per shop,... Read more
SeptemberReturn to top
When older kids struggle with reading
When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more
The Mini Fete is Here Again!
On Friday (September 12) we will be holding our yearly Stage 3 "Mini Fete". The aim of the day is for Stage 3 students to develop their mathematics and literacy skills, as well as their organisation and life skills. All students across the school love the day and learn a lot about budgeting and shopping. This year's Mini Fete will be raising money for Stage 3 excursions. There are a wide range of sporting and challenge activities and food stalls for all students to take part in. This Mini Fete is one of the few times students are able to... Read more
AugustReturn to top
The Best Team In The State!
On Monday August 25, our AFL Team travelled to Sydney to play for the Tony Lockett Shield as part of the NSW Public School Sports Association (PSSA) State Final - and they were crowned AFL Champions! THE BEST TEAM IN NSW!!! The Semi Finals against Terrigal started off well, with Jacob Overend being the first to get points on the scoreboard. Our team was very strong for the rest of the first quarter and with Jake Shaw, Nicholas Tondering and Max Geaghan displaying exceptional skills in defence. The second quarter was more of a challenge.... Read more
AFL Superstars Head To State
Our AFL Team did not disappoint last Friday, when they played in Round 7 (the final round) of the Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Knockout against Leeton Public School at Berrambool Oval in Merimbula. The team had a really big first quarter. It was a whole team effort. The second and third quarters proved more challenging, with the scores becoming increasingly close, however our school ran away with the lead in the final quarter, winning the match 52 to 16. The team were great hosts on the day, demonstrating our school values and... Read more
Nurturing the artist in your child
Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more
JulyReturn to top
Education Week and NAIDOC Week Celebrations!
Our Education Week and NAIDOC Week Celebrations will kick off with a whole school assembly next Monday, July 28, from 10.10am. Please join us, stay for the BBQ and cheer on the Jump Rope for Heart 'jumpers'. Our SRC Induction will also take place at this assembly together with the Athletics Carnival Age Champions award ceremony.... Read more
MGoals Introduce Students to Elders and Capturing Learning Goals!
Families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, local Elders and educators have the opportunity to attend the 'launch' of the new MGoals platform next Monday, July 28. The session will take place from 5-6pm in the Year 6 classrooms at Merimbula Public School (near our Jackson Hall) and will showcase the new web site, local resources and a range of Indigenous Education ideas from around the state. This is an exciting time and wonderful opportunity for families. Child-minding and fun activities for the kids will take place during the... Read more
Building your child's reading skills
Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more
JuneReturn to top
Craaaaaazy Hair Day for Cystic Fibrosis
There were smiles all around on Friday June 27th at Merimbula Public School, and they weren't because it was the last day of term, it was Crazy Hair Day! The Student Representative Council (SRC) held a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Children in Kindergarten to Year 6 were encouraged to wear crazy hair styles and mufti clothing, as well as bring in a gold coin donation, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. It was a successful day, even the staff showed off some crazy styles. Over $350 was raised on the day, with all funds going to... Read more
A Night In The Merimbula Dino Museum!
Just when you thought there were no more dinosaurs........ On the evening of Wednesday July 25, parents, children and guests attended a darkened school to visit some magical displays in the Year 1 and 2 classrooms as part of the "Night In The Museum" event, which culminated the term's 'Living Things - Dinosaurs' unit of work. Children turned up in their pyjamas, with headlight and hand-held torches, and with caregivers holding their hands....sneaking through the dark rooms to see a wonderful arrangement of creative, well-planned 'design and... Read more
K-2 Athletics Carnival a Winner!
Children in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 had a great time at their Annual K-2 Athletics Carnival! On Wednesday, July 25, the sky was clear and the sun was out, allowing our recently postponed K-2 Athletics Carnival to take place. The carnival was fun, with students taking part in a range of athletics events. House teams were in competition and students received many ribbons but the aim of the day was to have a go and learn about different athletics events. Children took part in running events and modified shot put, javelin, long jump and... Read more
Too sick to go to school?
Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more
Sorting fact from fiction
You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more
Congratulations to our 2014 PSSA Boys Soccer Team who won their first game of the year against Pambula Public School on Friday, May 23. The boys played extremely well, winning by a massive 8 points. The skilled team won 8 - nil, demonstrated our school values and made their coach Mr Hughes extremely proud. Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers who supported the team on the day, as spectators or by providing transport. The next game will be against the winner of Narooma and Bermagui, who are playing in the coming week.... Read more
We Are Now Taking Enrolments for 2015
Our school is now taking enrolments for 2015. If you would like to find our more about our school, its programs and enrolment procedures, please contact the administration office on (02) 64951266. Parents/caregivers who are interested in enrolling their child/ren should make an appointment to meet the Principal, take a tour of the school and complete an 'expression of interest' or enrolment form to ensure that their child is able to commence on Day 1 of 2015. New 2015 Kindergarten enrolments and their families will have the opportunity to take... Read more
Variety Bash A Huge Success!
Many families and community members joined staff and Variety Club 'bashers' for breakfast on May 20. Thank you to all who attended to support our school and the Variety Club by being part of our 'big breakfast'. It was a fantastic morning that, together with the $4500 worth of books donated to our school, has raised around $10000 for student reading and learning support resources. A big thanks must go to all of the Stage 2 parents and caregivers who helped prepare food items and slices on Monday. What a great experience for our students,... Read more
Variety Club Bash To Visit Merimbula Public School!!!
Over 85 drivers and their families and friends will be staying in Merimbula next Monday night, May 19. Following a show at Club Sapphire on the Monday evening, all of the bashers will be heading to our school for breakfast, bright and early on the Tuesday morning (May 20). "Last year a Variety Club of NSW Coordinator travelled the region to work out the route for this year's NSW AHA Variety Club Bash" shared Principal Michelle Hulme. "I was delighted to accept the offer to host the convoy as I knew that not only would their visit support... Read more
Social media, kids and privacy
Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more
What parents need to know about Kik
It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more
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Special P&C Meeting
An Extraordinary P&C Meeting has been called for parents/caregivers and citizens to clarify the process followed when recent class changes have taken place and to discuss the formation of a new class. If you are interested in joining us, the Extraordinary P&C Meeting will commence at 6.00pm on Tuesday, May 6 in the staffroom and should finish by 7.00pm, unless extra time is required. The general P&C Meeting will follow if anyone wishes to stay.... Read more
Annual Cross Country Carnival
In the lead up to Merimbula Public School's Cross Country Carnival, all students had been training to increase their strength and endurance for the big day. This training contributed to students improving on their overall fitness, running style and stamina. At the end of Term 1, MPS held their annual cross country carnival whereby students displayed respect, responsibility, care and fairness during the carnival and all students should be extremely proud of their personal achievements. Students going through to Zone in Wolumla include: ... Read more
The benefits of team sports
Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more
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Meeting your child’s teacher
Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more
The most important skill to teach your child
One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more
FebruaryReturn to top
Help with your child's homework in one click
The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more
Help your child plan for success this year
One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more